As 1 of 2 public university systems in the state, the
State University of New York was founded in 1948.
The State University of New York at Buffalo was created in 1846. In 1962 the Buffalo campus joined the
state university system. The School of Dental Medicine was created in 1892 and is now part of the
Health Science Center, which includes schools of
Medicine, Nursing, Biomedical Sciences, and HealthRelated Professions.
4-year. Clinical science studies begin in the first year;
students start to provide patient care in the second
semester of the freshman year. Integration of the
basic and clinical sciences is accomplished in all the
clinical courses but is particularly emphasized in such
courses as oral biology, oral diagnosis, and oral
pathology. In the senior year, students take elective
courses in area(s) of their choice. First year: Focuses
on the basic sciences and preclinical courses. Second
year: Continuation of the basic sciences with primary
focus on preclinical courses. The second semester is
devoted to patient care in restorative dentistry and
periodontics. Third year: Primarily devoted to comprehensive patient care with rotations to area
hospitals and medical centers to obtain additional
experience in pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and
oncology. Fourth year: Intensive clinical experience
in various settings and through rotations.
Modest class size (86 students) and modern patient
care facility. Easy patient access to school clinics.
Extensive student summer research program in both
basic sciences and clinical sciences.
The basic predental courses plus 1 year of English are
required. Courses in embryology, biochemistry,
genetics, computer science, quantitative chemistry,
physical chemistry, calculus, and statistics are recommended. DATs should be taken no later than October
of the year before the applicant wishes to matriculate.
Preference is given to New York State residents.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek a clinical
experience in dentistry prior to applying. Transfer
and advanced standing: Students from other dental
schools may be considered for transfer with advanced
standing into the second-year program.
The School of Dental Medicine is one of 5 schools
that comprise the Health Science Center. In the summer of 1986 the school was moved to new facilities
in the renovated Squire Hall. They include 325 dental
units for instructional purposes, new preclinical laboratories, and new basic science and clinical science
research facilities. It is one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the country.